03 April 2013
New research [sic] shows action needed to stop people seeing indecent images of children for the first time
"Initial research findings [sic] into the motivations, behaviour and actions of people who view indecent images of children (often referred to as child pornography) online is released today (Thursday, March 28) by the child protection charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF) and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).
The qualitative research involved hearing from Internet Offenders in their own words about what prompted them to begin viewing indecent images of children; how their illegal behaviour developed over time; methods used to find and view images; potential strategies for desisting; and how they are managing this behaviour at present.
It is hoped the research will lead to the development and implementation of new strategies to tackle the global problem of indecent images of children, in particular to prevent the first viewing of child sexual abuse images. Recommended areas for government, industry, law enforcement and the not for profit sectors to consider are:
>Preventing incidental viewing and first time access. Warning users of adult legal pornography of the dangers of straying into illegal materials when sexually aroused.
>Warnings for risky key word searches. A warning about the dangers of risky searches and the potential to find illegal indecent images could help some offenders think twice about their actions.
>Warnings for accessing sites assessed as containing child sexual abuse images. A warning that a website is no longer accessible as it contains child sexual abuse images.
>Better management of legal pornographic websites. Many offenders used progressive links on legal websites to access child sexual abuse images on their first occasion.
>Increased awareness of how to report child sexual abuse images. The Internet Watch Foundation takes reports of images and works with the online industry to remove them at source.
>Increased availability of resources for those who develop risky sexual thoughts and behaviours. The Stop it Now! Helpline can offer confidential advice to people concerned about their thoughts and feelings towards children and help them to manage them.
>Making monitoring software available. As well as filtering and blocking software monitoring software is available to help individuals avoid taking risks online.
>Educating both young people and adults about the criminal law in this area. Informing them that all sexual images of people who are, or appear to be, below 18 years of age are likely to be illegal."
Charities join forces for child sexual abuse study [sorry? the what?]
New research shows action needed to stop people seeing indecent images of children for the first time
We will return to this, later.